Making Christmas Merry | Make a list of giftees and plan your purchases. Now.

(Christmas is in less than two months, you know. ;) I just realized that as I was typing this post! )

Hopefully thinking about your Christmas priorities and realizing that it’s ok to not exchange gifts with everyone you know will make this job a little simpler for you this year.

I find last-minute shopping to be incredibly stressful, so I like to get as much done ahead of time as possible.

But of course, you can’t really get your shopping done ahead of time if you haven’t figured out who you’re giving gifts to, and what you’ll be buying/making.

Since I’m a pencil and paper sort of planner, I just take a notebook page and make a list of all the family members I’ll be giving gifts to, and then jot down some gift ideas for each person.

Once I have family members covered, I also make a list of other people to whom I might give edible gifts (like neighbors, people at church, etc.) That helps me to plan out my holiday baking so that I’m not busy doing it all at the last minute.

Don’t worry if you don’t have gift ideas for every person on your list right now-just having the names written down is a step in the right direction. And once you have a list, you’ll have a handy place to jot down ideas as they come to you over the next month or two.

Speaking of gift ideas…I have some thoughts on buying meaningful gifts for people, but I want to give you time today to make your gift list.

So, go get that done, and tomorrow, we’ll talk about meaningful gifts.


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  1. Liz says

    I was just thinking that this year I only really have two people I’m going to give presents to, and then come up with something small and personal (like a personalized card with a few cookies, e.g.) for everyone else I’d like to wish a Merry Christmas. I’d rather give two people good and useful (and unfortunately pricey) presents than give out dumb tchotchkes to everyone on my list… I’m looking forward to the discussion. Stay safe in the hurricane!

  2. says

    I usually start planning and keeping my eyes open around this time of year. We just picked up two beautiful wooden chopping boards (one for each of our mothers) and some macadamia butter (for my sister) at a market this weekend, so those gifts are out of the way.

    • ~Dorthey says

      I LoVe Practical Gifts & what a TREAT that Butter sounds Good !
      I use to buy my Name sake Grama, Donkey &/or Goats milk Soap !
      She, ( Bless Her Heart, Passed in 2000 :( ) LoVed Different things ! ;)
      Where did u get that Nut Butter ?

        • ~Dorthey says

          LoL, yah that is a Bit away from
          Northern California. ;)
          Thank you sways I’m gonna have to
          look around. Someone around here has gotta hv it :/
          Almond Butter is not Bad …
          But I LoVe My Skippy Creamy Peanut Butter ;)
          Bestest, with BlackBerry Jelly. lol

  3. says

    my calendar is marked with birthdays of family and friends. I keep my ears open for hints they may drop about gifts they would like, or ideas I get based on their likes & interests. That way when it’s time for gift giving I’m not overwhelmed trying to come up with a gift idea for a bunch of people all at once.

  4. Elizabeth says

    I live with lists. We (just 2 days ago) had our 4th child. In addition to the list of baby things, I had my Christmas lists going-advanced planning. I’ve been picking up things here and there for the kids off the list. I have my list of homemade gifts to make and the ones the kids will make. I like to be able to see my progress by crossing off things I’ve gotten. It helps keep things in perspective and decreases the likelihood of straying from the plan.

  5. says

    Gift list – check, christmas cooking schedule – check, now Im going to look in my pantry and see if I have to buy any ingredients for gingerbreadcookies… I made lussekatter a week ago, Ill probably have to bake one or two more batches but thats ok.

  6. says

    I’m excited about this!

    I feel like it’s never too early to start planning for the holidays–I love Christmas!

    I have been making a mental list of who I’m giving to and what they’re getting for a couple of weeks now, so I guess it would be smart to take your advice and write it all down! I’m also eagerly awaiting your post on meaningless gifts. I really get zero joy out of giving something that does not come from the heart.

  7. says

    I’m *almost* done with collating the gifts. Just these pesky scarves now really to knit – but it seems I may have cracked it.
    I tallied up and I make up approx 12 Christmas boxes and then there are 4 Kids to write letters to Santa. This actually sounds a lot. But this is a reduced amount.
    I’m nearly there though – perhaps need to get a bit of a move on with the actual decorating of the old shoe boxes! That’s one thing that creeps up on me every time!

  8. says

    I agree – we set the budgets and made the list earlier this week. Our lowest budget since we met ten years ago as things are tighter this year. The biggest cut was between hubby and me. We are actually excited about the lower budget and giving each other a list of things we would enjoy. Nice series of blog posts.

  9. says

    For several years, I have wanted to do a craft with my Haitian sensations that would point them toward their native Haiti. Each Christmas, artists in Haiti use cardboard and tissue paper to make lantern like houses and churches to herald in the holidays. The light shining through the tissue paper gives a stained glass effect. Since I would be winging it… I better get started!

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